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Redistricting court challenges move forward

BY: - October 11, 2021

The fight over the legislative redistricting maps is ongoing in the Ohio Supreme Court, with a few wins already registered for opponents of the new maps. In the three different cases being considered by the state’s highest court, one from the League of Women Voters of Ohio, another from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and yet […]

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Ohio GOP leaders broke promises, failed us all by creating more rigged maps

BY: - September 23, 2021

The oddest part is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine acting as though he’s somehow powerless and had no choice when he voted to rig Ohio elections with partisan, gerrymandered maps for the next four years. After all, he’s only the governor. It’s an absurd position. Maps were proposed to the commission that actually represent the 54-46 […]

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Gerrymandering is cheating: Don’t let them get away with it

BY: - September 21, 2021

Missouri Republicans thought they could get away with it. “Democracy will cease to exist in Missouri,” declared one newspaper editorial, if state Republicans ignore the will of the people on Medicaid expansion. They tried. For over a year. GOP lawmakers turned their backs on a majority of Missouri voters who amended the Missouri Constitution to […]

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Ohio House Health Committee chair doesn’t want leadership listening to hospitals during pandemic

BY: - September 3, 2021

Ohio House Health Committee Chair Scott Lipps said in a May text the last thing he and his allies need is for House Speaker Bob Cupp or the rest of the Republican majority leadership to be listening to hospitals — during a pandemic now in its fourth wave that has killed 20,866 Ohioans. The Statehouse […]

Education funding overhaul reappears in final budget draft

BY: - June 29, 2021

The Ohio House’s version of a public school funding overhaul won the day after negotiations ended for the new two-year state budget. The conference committee on the budget bill, comprised of members of both chambers of the Ohio legislature, returned to the so-called “Fair School Funding Plan” after the Senate tried to make its own […]

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Ohio Republicans go full Calhoun on nullification. Never go full Calhoun.

BY: - April 15, 2021

Ohio Republicans in the state legislature have apparently decided to go full Calhoun with a proposed bill attempting to nullify not only any federal gun laws they don’t like but also any court rulings related to gun laws with which they disagree. They do not possess the power to do this under the U.S. Constitution, […]

GOP lawmaker wants to see if DeWine can be criminally charged

BY: - September 8, 2020

With his impeachment effort against the governor making little progress, state Rep. John Becker pulled up his email and brainstormed a late-night solution. It was almost 2 a.m. when Becker typed out a request to the Legislative Service Commission, a nonpartisan group that conducts law and policy research for lawmakers.  “I believe that Governor DeWine […]

Householder remains on the 2020 ballot past key deadline

BY: - August 11, 2020

Former Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder remains on the ballot to be reelected as a state representative this November, the Licking County Board of Elections director has confirmed. Rep. Householder, R-Glenford, is the only name that will appear on the House 72nd District ballot. No Democrat filed to challenge him for the seat, […]

Mailbag: Answering reader questions about Householder and the bribery scandal

BY: - August 6, 2020

Clad in camouflage from head to toe, Larry Householder aimed his weapon at a television screen across an empty field. That box had it coming, a Householder voiceover intimated, what with all the unfair attacks leveled against him. “A dark money group is airing deceitful ads against me,” Householder said. “They’re anti-Trump gun grabbers and […]

Bipartisan Ohio campaign finance reform bill has secretary of state’s support

BY: - August 4, 2020

If you can follow the money, state Rep. Gayle Manning reasons, you can follow what’s going on. That’s the main drive behind a new bill proposed by Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and Rep. Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, which seeks to reform Ohio’s campaign finance landscape through shining light on anonymous political spending. Their House Bill 737 […]

Helium, honey and hair products: A look into Ohio pols’ odd campaign expenses

BY: - February 6, 2020

A few years ago, during the lull before the Nelsonville Parade of the Hills, a young campaign volunteer made their way down a busy sidewalk. Most of the families had come prepared with empty shopping bags, awaiting an onslaught of candy, but some children did not have one.  They might have been forced to collect […]